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The president of the treasury Board, Pierre Arcand
The government Couillard will impose a special law to his engineers on Thursday if they do not sign an agreement in principle in the negotiations of the next few hours.
In a press briefing Wednesday afternoon, the president of the treasury Board, Pierre Arcand, said that he gave them until Thursday to come to an agreement with the employer.
The Room has already been convened at the request of the prime minister for a special session Thursday evening in the event of failure of the negotiations.
The engineers of the State are without a work contract for more than 36 months and were employed as a means of pressure : they refused to do overtime and had to inspect the road construction in the middle of the day, which could cause traffic jams.
“Our negotiators are ready to work throughout the night, but it is not true that tomorrow [Thursday] and in the days that follow, the citizens of Quebec are going to be once again disturbed by any traffic problems,” said Mr. Arcand, flanked by his colleague of Transport, André Fortin.
He had already said earlier in the day that the “ways of passage” were possible, but that the engineers had to give up to their demands of a wage increase of about 20 % over seven years.
The union was “shocked”
The Association of professional engineers of the government of Quebec (APIGQ) took little time to react. Its president, Marc-André Martin has argued that his organization was committed to do more exercise means of pressure and strike from Wednesday afternoon, until in the spring, to leave the chance to the negotiations.
“We want a negotiated agreement, we came up with a proposal to settle [the dispute], he said in a press briefing. […] While you are negotiating, there are the ministers who are in the process of plotting behind our back. We are shocked, certainly. “
According to him, the threats of traffic congestion are a “spectacle” of the government, a ” public relations exercise “.
The government Couillard has also been dismissed in the beginning of the week before the administrative Tribunal of work (TAT), which refused his request to consider the general inspections of the road construction as an essential service — to impose hours of night.
According to the TAT, the urgency and essence of the query has not been demonstrated.